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Ralph John Newton

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ralph John AWMM
  • Surname
    Newton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Mick AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/1048 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Stanley Road, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Annie Margaret Newton (mother), Muriwai, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/1048 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Son of Ralph John and Annie Margaret Newton of Childers Road, Gisborne.

    The letters written by Trooper Newton include reference to the voyage on board SS Aparima in February 1915. Also mentions food: porridge, steak, stew, potatoes, bread, nak, butter, pickles roast beef, cabbage, rice and plum duff, mince, spuds, rhubarb, tripe. On board were horses which Newton fed and watered, mucked out the stables, fed hay and feed to 480 horses. Groomed, washed them with salt water and exercised them, buried horses at sea. Mentions the Mess, the captain, the parson, church service, Albany (Western Australia). Average speed of ship was 10 miles an hour. Rain gathered in buckets on deck. Asked for books or magazines, socks, censorship, seasickness.

    He included the following riddle which he copied from a notice in the Mess: 'The pickles for Monday's tea were kept for the cold meat on Tuesday, but Tuesday's cold meat was eaten on Monday so the pickles were kept for Thursday which was a jam day. Thursday's jam was served out on Wednesday so the tea for Friday was bread and butter. By the same reasoning find out how much cake would be consumed per man at Saturday's tea if Sunday's cheese was consumed along with Wednesday's pickles and Friday's jam was mixed with the porridge on Thursday's breakfast.'

    Newton describes seeing the Emden that ran ashore off Keeling Island as a result of the attack by the HMS Sydney and included a drawing of the funnels. Described flying fish, dolphins, crossing the line, funeral of one of the soldiers on board Warrimmo. Also the funeral of a soldier on board Tahiti in March 1915 in the vicinity of Colombo. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    27 August 1915 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Memorial name
    • Hill 60 (New Zealand) Memorial, Hill 60 Cemetery, Turkey AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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28 June 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
23 May 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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